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hot·​dog ˈhät-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hotdog (audio)
hotdogged; hotdogging; hotdogs

intransitive verb

: to perform in a conspicuous or often ostentatious manner
especially : to perform fancy stunts and maneuvers (as while surfing or skiing)
hotdogger noun

hot dog

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: frankfurter
especially : a frankfurter with a typically mild flavor that is heated and usually served in a long split roll
[perhaps from hot dog entry 2] : one that hotdogs
also : show-off

hot dog

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used to express approval or gratification

Examples of hotdog in a Sentence

Verb His opponents have accused him of hotdogging after he scores a touchdown. a skier who couldn't resist the urge to hotdog on the slopes whenever he wanted to impress a girl Noun The other players on the team don't like him because he's such a hot dog. Interjection Hot dog!” the child cried, “We're going to the circus!”
Recent Examples on the Web
The iconic hot dog brand could fetch as much as $5 billion. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 13 May 2024 There also will be concessions deals available, with $3 hot dogs and $3.50 popcorn and soda combos. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2024 In addition to editing content, Alex also covers breaking news, writing about crime and severe weather as well as everything from multistate lottery jackpots to the July Fourth hot dog eating contest. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 10 May 2024 The violations ranged from moldy hot dog buns to a bartender cutting lemons with bare hands. Kunle Falayi, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2024 There’s also an eating competition sponsored by Nathan’s, and a hot dog — as in canine — pageant. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 7 May 2024 Casey’s Corner offers hot dogs, corn dog nuggets, and french fries. Jacqueline Dole, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2024 As far as food and beverages, Raimondi Park will feature a standard ballpark slate of burgers, fries, hot dogs, nachos, vegetarian options, soda, beer, wine and cocktails, among other choices. Shomik Mukherjee, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 The crack of the bat, the smell of hot dogs and popcorn, the popping sound of a pitch hitting a catcher’s glove will available to fans when the season begins in May. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 26 Apr. 2024

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Word History



hot dog entry 2

First Known Use


1963, in the meaning defined above


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hotdog was in 1884


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Cite this Entry

“Hotdog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

hot dog

: frankfurter
especially : a cooked frankfurter served in a long split roll
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